Global progress on women’s rights is “vanishing before our eyes,” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on March 6, saying the increasingly distant goal of gender equality will take another three centuries to achieve.
“Gender equality is growing more distant. On the current track, U.N. Women puts it 300 years away,” he told the General Assembly before International Women’s Day on March 8, as he launched two weeks of discussions led by the Commission on the Status of Women. U.N. Women is the body working for gender equality.
“Women’s rights are being abused, threatened and violated around the world,” he added, as he ticked off a litany of crises: maternal mortality, girls ousted from school, caregivers denied work and children forced into early marriage.
“Progress won over decades is vanishing before our eyes,” Guterres said.
He highlighted the particularly dire conditions in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan, where “women and girls have been erased from public life.”
Guterres called for “collective action” worldwide by governments, civil society and the private sector to provide gender-responsive education, improve skills training and invest more in “bridging the digital gender divide.” (AFP-Jiji)